Top stu­dent Elle is named SQA exam star at cer­e­mony

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gardiner

A Guild­town girl has been recog­nised as Scot­land’s top per­form­ing stu­dent in the 2017 SQA ex­ams.

Elle Wy­att, from the High School of Dundee, was named as the win­ner of the SQA’s Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence award at the qual­i­fi­ca­tion author­ity’s 2017 Star Awards cer­e­mony which took place in Ed­in­burgh on Fri­day, Novem­ber 3.

Pre­sented an­nu­ally in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of out­stand­ing achieve­ment in Na­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tions, the pres­ti­gious ac­co­lade was granted to Elle fol­low­ing her su­perb set of Ad­vanced Higher level re­sults.

As well as gain­ing A1 band passes in each sub­ject she took – maths, physics, chem­istry, and maths of me­chan­ics – at an av­er­age of 97 per cent, Elle’s per­for­mance in physics earned her the joint top mark in Scot­land, while in maths she was also joint top in the coun­try, cour­tesy of a per­fect score of 100 per cent.

Elle, who left the High School at the end of F6 (S6) and is now study­ing nat­u­ral sciences at Cam­bridge Univer­sity, said: “It’s an enor­mous priv­i­lege to have re­ceived this award.

“I couldn’t make it to the awards cer­e­mony, but my par­ents at­tended and head of physics Mr Darby col­lected the prize on my be­half.

“I found out that I had won when my mum texted me from the event so that was quite sur­real really.”

The 17-year-old, who also achieved five A1 band Highers last year, said she felt the key to her suc­cess had been work­ing hard and do­ing sub­jects that she en­joyed. She added,“Some of my teach­ers have been fab­u­lous. I think I owe a lot to them - I couldn’t have achieved as much with­out them.

“It’s quite nice to have my work for Ad­vanced Highers recog­nised and hope­fully this will have pro­vided me with a good spring­board for univer­sity!”

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